A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The message, as with most comic book-inspired video games, is good can defeat evil. Both Spider-Man characters fight against crime in two different time periods.
Positive Role Models
While Spider-Man is a "good guy" who fights back against evil, combat is the central gameplay element in this game, therefore some might question if he is a good role model or not. Overall, however, Spider-Man -- as a Marvel character -- is a clean, admirable role model.
Ease of Play
Somewhat easy to play, especially if you follow along with the mandatory tutorial at the start of the single-player adventure.
Violence & Scariness
The fighting is fast and furious in this game, with plenty of melee attacks -- such as punches and kicks -- as well as some web-based ranged weapons. Bad guys may be using guns. There isn't any blood, but without question it's a violent game. Some scenes show the combat in slow-motion for dramatic effect.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the female characters in the game wear tight-fitting and cleavage-revealing outfits. Some suggestive dialogue includes a female enemy who says "Ooo, smack me around, big boy," which has violent undertones, too, as well as feeling "frisky."
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There is some mild language in the game, including "damn," "hell" and "piss off."
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on Marvel's Spider-Man character -- with products that include comic books, movies, and toys, to name a few -- but there aren't any overt brand plugs outside of that (such as in-game advertising).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME was designed with teens and adults in mind, as it focuses heavily on combat. Both Spider-Man characters each have their own unique skills but usually involve punching and kicking enemies and using web-based weapons range attacks, too. Enemies fall but don't bleed. It's not out of context for a comic book-inspired game, but it's something parents should be aware of. There is also some suggestive dialogue, revealing female outfits, and mild profanity.
Is It Any Good?
While Spider-Man: Edge of Time presents an interesting concept about time travel, the execution is just so-so. This single-player game has a few exciting moments and enjoys high-quality production (including sharp graphics and solid voice-acting), but the story is convoluted, environments are bland, and most enemies don't pose much of a challenge. Sure, the controls are responsive while engaging in combat against thugs, cyborgs, and mutant baddies, and the repertoire of moves between both Spideys adds some variety, but once you play for an hour or two the action grows repetitive. Plus, there aren't that many boss battles to look forward to either. For an 8- to 10-hour campaign -- with little incentive to play again and no multiplayer support –- it's hard to recommend this game as $60 purchase. Instead, Spider-Man fans should rent it for a couple of bucks over a weekend. A better gaming pick is last year's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are the same, while the Nintendo Wii game has a different control scheme and doesn't offer HD graphics.
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